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The best Christmas gifts are the ones that are made by hand and with love, by small business owners, by women who empower women, and those that make us better people.

I made a list to satisfied even your pickiest relative:

The Crystals and Meditation enthusiast

  • Baiser Beauty - Healing Mist for Body, air and fabrics -These formulas are based on ancient natural recipes and natural remedies from the Mayan culture. Handmade with 100% certified organic plant-based, aroma-therapeutic grade ingredients that restore skin cells, and align your chakras. Made In Miami.
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    Satya - Matte Onyx Reflections Mala with Evil Eye for protection and enlightenment. Malas can easily be wrapped around the wrist and worn as a bracelet. Made in NYC. Satya donates a portion of the sales to Children’s Foundation

The Gracious Hostess

  • Un Pueblo - This sturdy basket is made of hand collected Pine Needles and nickel handles by artisans in Puebla, Mexico. This tray is a favorite of Oprah’s Magazine, and great for shuttling essentials for your next alfresco dinner.
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    All Across Africa -  Craftswomen in Rwanda use timeless tradition to weave carefully naturally dyed sisal fibers and sweet grass to make stunning coasters rich in cultural meaning and purpose. Many colors avail to match any décor. Approximately 4” wide

The Athleisure Fanatic

  • Port De Bras - A looser version of leggings for comfort and versatility and a fitted tank with attached hoodie. Handmade by women earning beyond fair wages in Venezuela and using eco-friendly dyes and fabric. More styles and colors available here
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    Kooshoo Hair Ties The only organic cotton elastic made 100% in the USA.

The World Traveler

  • LinePosters The world traveler will recognize and appreciate this graphic interpretations of popular city transit systems. Many cities to choose from. Made in NYC with love.
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    Raven and Lily - A tribal inspired travel journal made from recycled remnants that empower marginalized women in Northern India.

The Girl on the Run

  • Boho Chic Cosmetics -The beautiful designs are handmade in limited quantities with eco-fabric materials and/or organic cotton. Makes a great bag to keep cosmetics and brushes organized and ready to go. Other prints and sizes available. Made in Pennsylvania with love.
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    Box Naturals - Luxe towelettes packaged individually and scented with organic essential oils that are  gentle enough to use anywhere. Biodegradable and free of parabens, phthalates and petrochemicals. A portion of the profits benefit women’s issues all over the world.

The Coffee Drinker

  • Jonathan Castro A Grip Cup - Thoughtfully designed for a better grip and expertly crafted entirely by hand, one at a time, in a New York City studio.The products are made from porcelain clay and finished with lead-free and original glazes. Different sizes and colors available.
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    Conflict Crate Coffee Subscription - Discover a different brand of sustainable premium coffee that supports a different cause each month.

The Dapper Dresser

  • Kirrin Finch - These Bow Ties and Pocket Squares are handmade from upcycled fabric scraps from their own line of shirts manufactured under fair conditions. Handmade in Long Island, NY. A portion of the proceeds supports the LGBTQ community
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    Conscious Step - For every pair of colorful and ethical socks bought, the company donates a fixed amount to one of five causes including treating HIV and fighting global hunger, through globally recognized charities.

The Green Newbie

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  • Choosy Chick Beauty Starter Bag - The perfect way to try (10) Award Winning Products that are made with organic and natural ingredients at a major discount. The reusable, recyclable, zipper bag from Blue Q is made from 95% post-consumer material including grain sacks and water bottles.  1% of all Blue Q bag sales are donated to the Nature Conservancy. 
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    The S.W. Basics Starter Mini Kit -  It contains mini sizes of the most essential products: The rosewater and tea tree Cleanser, Organic apple cider vinegar Toner for balancing skin’s pH, and shea butter Cream for extreme hydration. All are Certified Organic, cruelty free, vegan, and packaged in adorable little recyclable glass bottles.

What are you planning on giving this Christmas? Let me know in the comments below.


Live Green,